Wolves 1 Chelsea 2: Villas-Boas praises Blues’ character

André Villas-Boas hailed his side's tenacious attitude as Chelsea sealed a dramatic victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Premier League, 2 January 2012, Molineux
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André Villas-Boas hailed Chelsea’s tremendous work-rate as Frank Lampard netted a late winner to seal victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Moulineux.

The visitors took the lead in the 54th minute when Ramires finished high past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey but Mick McCarthy’s side equalised with six minutes remaining as Stephen Ward steered a low shot into the net.

But there was still time for Lampard to score an 89th-minute winner to hoist Chelsea back into the top four.

And Chelsea boss Villas-Boas praised his players’ character, admitting it was an vital victory after a difficult end to 2011.

“It was an important result,” said Villas-Boas. “After the recent results that we have been getting, the team showed good strength of character to come back from some negative results in the December fixtures and come away with a win.

“It was a tremendous physical effort that we were put through, 48 hours after our last match, so that is an excellent sign for the team.

“It is in moments of difficultly that you have to dig deep to find good results and the team did exactly that. I am very, very proud.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy was furious to concede minutes after it appeared Ward had salvaged a point for the home side and the 52-year-old added that collecting points rather than receiving praise for spirited performances was key at this stage of the season.

“I’m livid and I get sick of talking about our spirit,” said the Wolves manager.

“Let’s get points and talk about a well-earned point and not back-handed praise for getting back in the game and my team running about, which is a pre-requisite.”

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